Bachelor in Paradise contestant Jasmine Goode says co-star Corinne Olympios not only interacted with DeMario Jackson but also “forced herself on three male cast members when they were unable to consent” on the day of an alleged incident of misconduct, of which the latter woman has said she is a victim.
But a source disputes Goode’s comments.
Production on the ABC reality show was shut down last week. Production company Warner Bros. had said in a statement that it was suspended amid “allegations of misconduct” on the set in Mexico and that the group is “conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations.” It did not provide details.
A producer had filed a complaint questioning whether Olympios was able to give consent for a sexual encounter with co-star Jackson. Insiders told E! News that the producer did not witness the alleged incident.
“The day of the incident under investigation, Corinne did not display any change in behavior from what was observed by the cast on her season of The Bachelor,” Goode said in an exclusive statement to E! News. “Corinne forced herself on three male cast members, when they were unable to consent, in addition to engaging with DeMario. After the incident everything seemed fine. There was no mention about being hurt. However, when producers tried to cut her off from drinking, she got upset and said, ‘Watch, watch what I’m gonna do.'”
“The cast is not encouraged or forced to engage in any behaviors or to drink alcohol,” Goode continued. “Producers check in to make sure the cast is comfortable and accommodate to the needs requested.”
A source told E! News that Olympios “may have been flirty but did not force herself sexually on anyone.”
“Jasmine and Corinne were friends,” the source said. “Jasmine, who was also drinking that night, knew how drunk Corinne was and tried to help Corinne down the stairs. Corinne fell and busted her knee open in front of Jasmine. The next day, Jasmine came in to check on Corinne and was telling her how intoxicated she was the night before and joked about how she scratched her elbow when she was trying to help her. Corinne and Jasmine’s friendship was fine until Jasmine found out production was suspended.”
“Jasmine wasn’t present when the DeMario incident happened,” the source added. “She was doing her own thing with men down on the beach. She hooked up with three guys that night.” Goode has not responded to the source’s comments.
Olympios’ attorney, Marty Singer, told E! News, “Several cast members and producers have come forward confirming the facts disclosed by my client.”
“If nothing improper occurred on the set of Bachelor in Paradise, why was the production shut down within two days of production?” he said. “Shutting down production of a television series is almost unheard of. The investigation and subsequent shutting down of the series was initiated based on complaints made by producers on the set of Bachelor in Paradise.”
Olympios had said in a statement this week, “I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4. Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place, which I understand is why production on the show has now been suspended and a producer on the show has filed a complaint against the production.”
“It’s unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations,” Jackson had said in a statement. “I will be taking swift and appropriate legal action until my name is cleared and, per the advice of legal counsel, will be seeking all available remedies entitled to me under the laws.”
Dr. Aaron White, Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, told E! News that blackouts, or periods of amnesia for events that happened while a person was drinking alcohol, tend occur when a person’s blood alcohol level reaches 0.15 percent. A woman in her 20s of average weight, and that a woman in her 20s, who weighs about 149 pounds, would reach that level after about six drinks.
“The amount of alcohol needed to produce blackouts also disrupts the ability to make sound decisions and control impulses,” he said. “So, while a moderately intoxicated person, in a blackout or not, can make decisions, they aren’t always good ones. A severely intoxicated person, in a blackout or not, could have profoundly impaired decision-making abilities.”
He also said that people who have had blackouts may never remember what happened while they were experiencing one.